Look at this Wii. It may not look like it, but it's been a source of loathing for me for some time. A long time now, really. See, if you're not familiar with the Nintendo Wii gaming system and it's plethora of peripherals, then you probably never heard of a Wii title called Wii Fit. This "game" does exactly what you'd expect from the title, it challenges you to get fit. How does it do this? Let me hit ya with some knowledge.
Wii Fit uses the Wii-motes, Nun-chucks, and Wii Balance Board, to get your body moving in an effort to burn calories. That's all fine and dandy, and I had hopes to use it for this purpose as well. But then came my fascination with the P90x program, and I started doing that to get my excessive in for the day instead.
"I'm considered to be obese, according to my BMI. And here in lies the focus of my rage!"
The Wii Fit and Balance Board, instead of my home fitness gym, really just turned into a glorified scale. In the program you can weigh yourself, as well as receive your (estimated) Body Mass Index. This BMI and weight combination determines your weight category, such as "Normal" or "Overweight".
Well, you may have noticed I'm not exactly a slim guy. But what you may not have noticed (or maybe you did and you were being polite) is that at 5'9 and 220 pounds, I'm considered to be obese, according to my BMI. And here in lies the focus of my rage! Whoever made this damn game decided it would be great to include a strange little voice over character that somewhat narrates and instructs you in what to do with the Balance Board. When to get on, when you're moving too much, and oh yeah, when you're fat! That's right, you weigh yourself, find out your weight and BMI, and if that's not enough, it verbally tells you what category you fall under.
Just a plain statement of truth, but one that I have longed to thwart for some time. I last weighed myself on this device 314 days ago. Nearly a year! Since then, it's basically sat in a box, unhooked, gathering dust in the unfinished part of our basement. Poor Wii! But since the beginning of the year, I have once again taken the mantle of "trying to lose weight". So far, it's worked! I'm just under 210 lbs, down from 225 lbs, and starting to feel better.
"I had a silly idea. I was going to hook that damn Wii up with the goal that one day I would hear something other than 'That's obese'!"
Why did I stop weighing myself with the Wii? Simple, we bought an actual scale. However, it is a digital scale, and although you can calibrate it, it seems to change from location to location depending on the surface it sits upon. It's a small change, but as someone who is curious to know how much they ACTUALLY WEIGH as opposed to just tracking weight loss with the scale, I had a silly idea. I was going to hook that damn Wii up with the goal that one day I would hear something other than "That's obese."
So yes, I pulled it out of the basement, slapped it on the entertainment stand, hooked up it's myriad of cables, and even foraged for the SIX batteries needed to power a Wii-mote and Balance Board. Who has six double A batteries anymore? So here I am, stealing AA batteries from my son's toys (don't worry, I promptly replaced them), just to weigh myself.
The results? Well... "That's obese." Yep, just under 210. However, I now have a goal. I need to lose 7.5 lbs to finally hear something different from this stupid fitness game. Is it a bit dumb? Yes. But I have a goal, and when trying to lose weight, having a goal to strive for is important. Even if it is a silly one!